Author: Matin Durrani, Liz Kalaugher
Summary: Interesting and informative, but it read like a textbook at times.
As I mentioned when talking about Storm in a Teacup, I’d really like to know more about physics than I do. Since I love animals, this book about animal physics seemed like the perfect solution. In this book, the reader will learn that “the way cats and dogs lap up liquids can be explained by the laws of surface tension, how ants navigate is due to polarized light, and why pistol shrimps can generate enough force to destroy aquarium glass using their ”elbows”!” (Source)
When I started reading this, I mostly saw the flaws with this book. It reminded me of a textbook in a variety of ways. The transitions between topics were often rough. The jokes were what might be described as ‘dad jokes’, although honestly I think that would be unfair to my dad. Think lots of puns and some not so great jokes that really went out of their way to fit in. They also included an excessive number of tangentially related pop culture questions. Overall, it felt like they were working too hard to entertain, instead of letting their enthusiasm for the physics speak for itself. They also discussed some physics equations in detail, a process that was worse than in a textbook because the equations were never just written out.
Don’t give up on this book yet though! Those were the flaws and initially they kept me from getting into the book. As I went along, it began to win me over a little more. There are some truly amazing animal stories in this book. I did learn or relearn a lot of basic physics concepts. And sometimes, the authors really made me laugh. Overall, this book was not my favorite. Especially after loving the engaging, enthusiastic Storm in a Teacup, this is not the physics book I’d first recommend. However, if you enjoy puns, want to know more basic physics, and love animals, this could still be a good read for you.